Sumita Punia, LAMFT
I do not believe in pathologizing mental health concerns, instead, I see these as life's transitions that sometimes can get the best of us. It can be overwhelming and lonely to find a solution and a path forward amid a struggle. If you or your loved one is going through one of life’s transitions and are motivated to seek support, I would feel privileged to help you find the answers and start your healing journey. In my work, I meet you where you are, and I work with you to establish goals for your healing journey. I am fierce in helping you achieve your goals and kind in my approach by creating a safe holding space for processing your dilemmas and deep wounds.
I have personally experienced and understand first-hand the stress of life’s transitions due to loss, move, job, parenting, blended families, marriage, divorce, and interpersonal relationships. I have been a parent, a single parent, and a step-parent. I understand how work, parenting, relationships, and external factors intertwine with mental health. I believe a supportive, non-judgmental, and kind environment allows us to see and receive the gifts the universe has to offer in our healing journey. If you are reading this, then you have taken a huge step forward in your healing journey. It can be intimidating to seek therapy because there is a stigma around mental health in our society. I understand this and I treat my clients with respect and care.
I was born and raised in India and immigrated to the US in 2000. I have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and an MBA from Indiana University. I graduated from the University of St. Thomas, MN in 2022 with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy). My mental health professional experience includes conducting trauma assessments at the Veteran’s Administration (VA) in Minneapolis, MN, as a Mental Health Practitioner at Natalis Counseling and Psychology Solutions in St. Paul, MN, and a Therapist at Phoenix Counseling Collective, Phoenix, AZ. I have 25 years of experience in Corporate America prior to pursuing my career in counseling.
If you are considering therapy and want to learn more, feel free to book a 15-minute free consultation.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?'
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
- Marianne Williamson